Hello there reader! Today we are all about joint love, chapter two.
Chapter 2: Pamper Yourself
Exercising is as important as how you treat yourself afterwards. Enjoy the moment and prepare a nice hot bath for your body. This helps soothe aching muscles and joints after a workout. Perfect to do before bedtime!
Knowing how to use temperatures can be a great ally. Heat is known for relieving pain and stiffness. You can try heated pools, whirlpools, warm showers, warm compresses or microwaveable heat packs. Applying cold to sore spots can also help reduce pain and swelling. Use a cold pack, a bag of ice wrapped in a towel or a bag of frozen vegetables for a quick and easy cold treatment. You can also try an "ice massage" and rub ice directly on a painful joint.
Massages also help relieve muscle tension and reduce fatigue. Invest in a professional massage or research information on do-it-yourself tips. Go ahead and treat yourself to a soothing massage after a busy period at work or stressful time. Certain forms of massage, such as Swedish, focus on muscles and joints to improve function.
Visit your doctor at least once a year. See your physician for a routine check-up at least once a year. Request an examination of your joints and always be honest about how you feel, what aches and the medications you are taking. You can also ask for tips on protecting your joints from daily wear and tear. Learning is always good!